What is Working Family Payment, am I eligible and how can I apply?

THE Working Family Payment (WFP) is a tax-free weekly payment to employees with children to support low-wage earners.

And it was announced in Budget 2022 that the WFP threshold would increase by €10 across all family sizes by June 2022.

WFP is a weekly tax-free payment for employees with children


WFP is a weekly tax-free payment for employees with children

The payment used to be called the Family Income Supplement (FIS).

We’ve broken down everything you need to know about payments and how to get them.


To be eligible for the payment, you must have at least one child who normally lives with you or someone you financially support. Your child must be under the age of 18 (or between 18 and 22 if they are in full-time day school).

You cannot get it if you are self-employed and must be an employee.

Your average weekly family income should be below a certain amount for your family size.

The WFP payment you receive is 60% of the difference between your family’s average weekly income and the WFP income limit for your family size.

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You must be employed, pay taxes and PRSI in the State of Ireland. Under EU rules, you can claim a WFP if your child lives abroad and is dependent on you.

WFP is paid for one year (52 weeks) as long as you meet the conditions and it does not change if your income from work increases or decreases during that year. After 52 weeks, you can apply for WFP again.


Tax-free weekly payments are available to employees who meet the following conditions:

  • Work 38 hours or more every fortnight (in any combination). You can combine your weekly hours with your spouse’s, civil partner’s, or domestic partner’s hours to meet this requirement. You cannot use time spent on self-employment (or in Community Employment, Tus, JobBridge or Rural Social Programs) to meet this requirement.
  • Your job can last at least 3 months
  • You have at least one child who usually lives with you
  • You earn less than the WFP income limit set for your family size

You can get a Working Family Payment if you are an apprentice as long as you meet the rules above.

You cannot get WFP, if you are participating in the Community Employment Program, Rural Social Program, or Tus Program.

If you receive a Job Seeker’s Benefit, a Jobseeker’s Allowance, a Jobseeker’s Transition payment, or Farm Support, you cannot get a WFP.

Those in the Part-Time Employment Incentive Program are also not eligible for payment.


Social Security will evaluate your household income in a means test and compare your total income with the WFP income limit for your family size. If you earn less than the WFP income limit, you can get a WFP.

Your WFP will be 60% of the difference between the WFP income limit for your family size and your assessable income.

A couple’s combined income (married, civil partnership, or living together) is taken into account when calculating taxable income.

The WFP Income Test does not assess capital. This includes property you own, bank accounts, and cars.

If you qualify for WFP, you get a minimum of €20 per week. You can use the benefits of the DSP’s work estimator to work out the total amount you will receive for your work (including any Working Family Payments).


To apply, complete the Working Family Payment application form (pdf). You can get a copy of this form at your Intreo Center or Social Welfare Branch Office.

According to Citizens Information, to ensure that your WFP application is processed as quickly as possible, you should submit your most recent pay stub with your application.

You can also apply online at if you have a verified MyGovID account.

You will need to provide bank details and information about your (and your partner’s) earnings and most recent payroll. What is Working Family Payment, am I eligible and how can I apply?

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